>>Here we find out that St. John the Baptist, the child under Mary's hand, is worshipping the baby Jesus Christ accompanied by an Angel . . . The four figures are supposed to represent a kind of pyramid, and the angles and placement of the clothing, bodies, arms, and hands are very precise . . . .<<
You know, at first glance one would expect the baby giving the two-fingered blessing to be Jesus. However, with all the other subtext to the paintings, I started wondering why the baby on the left (Mary's right) is positioned higher (in both frames) than the other. Interestingly (for me only, I'm sure), my 10 year-old daughter walked by, took one glance, and asked, "Why is that baby pleading with the other one?"
Interesting thread, thanks.